The Earth Element in Chinese Medicine is associated with the late summer. The moment when things are stable but bountiful. The fruits of the spring and summer labor are mature... the intentions of the Wood Element have ripened through the action of Fire... and here we are to enjoy them and celebrate.
The Earth Element reflects our stability in time and space. It is because of our rootedness in the earth that we are supported, nurtured via our roots, and given a reference point or an axis around which the constellation of the bits of ourselves circumambulate. The Earth Element within serves as a unifier... a magnetizer... holding our patterns of emotion, behavior, and beliefs close by.
In daily life this might appear to be our strengths... the things we do well and relatively effortlessly. We can get in touch with the Earth Element through acknowledging what we are good at... finding the sweetness in the bounty of ease. This is Earth... where we are held, where our hearts feel light and happy. What are the things in your life that provide your heart that supported, loved, and connected feeling? What do you do that feeds your heart and makes it grow... makes it overflow and want to share? If you're wondering what I'm talking about... if it feels that you've never understood "an overflowing heart", or "feeling supported", or if you're not sure what people mean when they talk about being "grounded"... then you may want to explore with the Earth Element.
It's a unique and personal thing to discover what really feeds you... and the key is being really honest with yourself about what that is. It can be difficult to face sometimes, when what really nurtures your soul is not in alignment with the role you've agreed to fill with your family, friends, and/or communities. Misalignment between the day-to-day life and the true essence that lies within are among the most common forms of stress in our lives. A sense that we're not being true to ourselves... that we've negated some part of ourselves... that we tend to compartmentalize and partition our lives so that they are manageable. However, at some point that becomes a very energy intensive process... and it's possible to start feeling overwhelmed by life. If this is you... can you see your truth within? Can you find your foundation? The thing(s) about you that support your truth... that are constants for you?
Quick story of finding an Earth Element truth about myself. I had an advisor in graduate school who had to introduce me for a talk when I was graduating. He and I had a mixed relationship... and I'm sure that he wasn't overly fond of me. When he introduced me he said that I was "persistent"... and my first though was "Seriously? THAT'S the nicest thing you could think to say about me???". And yet, over the years I've come to realize that it was a great compliment... and it is a great truth for me. It is a foundational piece... something I look back through my life and can see always. It doesn't mean I didn't flounder... that I didn't misappropriate my persistence... but it really was always there. So when you're looking to connect with the Earth Element... settling deep within... imagining yourself as a tree... with roots comfortably and deeply in the ground... with a strong straight trunk... and leaves dancing in the breeze... connect with your truth... your inner fire... you will see what is always there for you.
I'm an explorer of inner realms, a pattern observer, and an invitation maker. I believe that healing the world starts within.
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